” That they may behold my glory” – The Prayer of Jesus 


Gifts of the Ascended Christ

 

The greatest desire that Christ expressed in his prayer was that his people might be with him to behold his glory. It is clear that in this prayer the Lord Christ was referring to his own glory and the actual sight of it.

Only a sight of his glory, and nothing else, will truly satisfy God’s people. One of the greatest privileges the believer has, both in this world and for eternity, is to behold the glory of Christ.

Ever since the name of Christ was known on the earth, there has never been such direct opposition to the uniqueness and glory of Christ as the present day. It is the duty of all those who love the Lord Jesus to testify according to their ability to his uniqueness and glory.

I would therefore try to strengthen the faith of true believers by showing that to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ by faith is the climax of all Christ’s requests for his disciples in this present world. Here in this life, beholding the glory of the Lord, they are changed into his own likeness by his Spirit (2Cor.3:18). Hereafter, they will be like him for they will see him as he is (1 John 3:2). This knowledge of Christ is the continual life and reward of our souls.

If, therefore we would have a more active faith and a greater love to Christ, giving rest and satisfaction to our souls, we must have a greater desire to see more of his glory in this life. We should not look for anything in heaven other than what we have some experience of (by faith) in this life. If we were fully persuaded of this we would be more often thinking about heavenly things than we usually are.

– John Owen (1684) from The Glory of Christ, the theme of the final year of his life (d.1683).

If Owen found it difficult in England in his day, how much more in our day to keep the greatest gift of all our constant priority. The Advent season is the perfect time to evaluate the year and one’s own choices to judge how well we have resisted all the distractions of the world and kept our eyes on this Leader who is both the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

 

Watch ‘Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring’.

For Brazilians: YouTube honoring Nilson Fanini (1932-2009)  “Verei Jesus como Ele e’ ” e tambem “Para Que vejam a minha gloria” http://youtu.be/3HLhhHNDvxg

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WHAT is it? And WHO gets to define it ?

Ah, there’s the rub, as they say!

Orthodoxy means different things to different people. Orthodoxy as quoted in the previous piece by Michael Horton means a specific form of Calvinism, for that is basically what The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and those who produce Modern Reformation are all about: Reforming the American Church by calling us all back to that historical version of the Christian faith. There is a great deal of excellent fuel for the fire that we all desire in the form of true God-sent reformation and revival of the churches, in this tradition, their pastors and theologians.

E4 Unity advocates for this very thing, that is a God-sent healing and wholesomeness of His churches. I have said that this will bring the greatest blessing to this old world of ours and untold power in dealing with the terrible plights of humankind today; healthy, churches full of mature believers living not in the flesh of Adam, but in newness of the Life which is in Christ. But my conviction of what Orthodoxy is differs radically from Horton’s. It may look very much the same to the untrained eye. I only mention it here because it involves a fundamental element of our dis-unity and one that absolutely must be addressed in God’s time in order for the churches to celebrate the reality of their unity in God’s new creation. My personal view of Orthodoxy is not worth defending here, at least not for now.

Just to show you how grateful to God I am for all the traditions of Christianity, and the esteem I have especially for the Puritan tradition I want to tell you about an incredible resource that you would do well to bookmark for later reading and consideration. Sinclair Ferguson has been an authority on the Puritans and has written a book on the theology/orthodoxy of one of the most influential, John Owen. It is exactly in keeping with Horton’s original post, an orthodoxy that is thoroughly lived out in every way. The book is called John Owen on the Christian Life.   But you don’t have to buy the book to taste and enjoy a sample of the rich Puritan spirituality that it is filled with. There is an article by Ferguson on-line for you to look through his trained eyes at Owen’s treatment of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Christ. 

I have read this article several times over the last several years and I highly recommend it to every friend of e4Unity. And oh yes, I can’t pass up this opportunity to ask a timely question: Do you think the American press has any idea of how different these evangelicals are from all others they lump together in a certain voting block- say from those associated with Sarah Palin?